Data on ectoparasites infestation on small mammals from different habitats in east-coast Peninsular Malaysia

Nur Izzah Izzati, Ahmad and Noor Aisyah, A Rahim and Azuan, Roslan and Madinah, Adrus and Mariana, Ahamad and Marina, Hassan and Muhamad Safiih, Lola and Mohd Noor Afiq, Ramlee and Muhamad Aidil, Zahidin and Mohd Tajuddin, Abdullah (2020) Data on ectoparasites infestation on small mammals from different habitats in east-coast Peninsular Malaysia. Data Brief, 30 (105621). pp. 1-6. ISSN 2352-3409

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This data article presents on the ectoparasites infestation on small mammals in Peninsular Malaysia. The dataset on ectoparasites infestation is important because it raises a major medical concern regarding the spread of potentially zoonotic disease from wildlife to human. Tick and chigger are the primary ectoparasites as reservoirs of vector-borne diseases found on small mammals in Malaysia. These small mammals that are infested with ectoparasites occupy various types of habitats, including human settlements, could be of community health risks as the carriers of potentially zoonotic diseases. Field samplings were conducted from February 2015 to February 2016 in three different ecological habitats of mixed dipterocarp forest, coastal forest and insular forest, in Terengganu, Malaysia. A total of 35 and 22 species of bats and rodents respectively were captured and examined for ectoparasites. Twenty-three species of bats and 16 species of small mammal were recorded as hosts for at least one species of ectoparasites. These findings show that the highest ectoparasite infestation occurred on bat community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ectoparasites, small mammals, wildlife reserves, Peninsular Malaysia, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Tuah
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2020 02:04
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2021 07:36

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